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State & Local Updates

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Explore how clean slate laws can expand employers’ talent pools in 12 states. Plus, the essentials for navigating compliance in this progressive era for hiring.

There are several reasons why employers should encourage employees, particularly managers and supervisors, to report for jury duty. For one, workers would genuinely appreciate that their employer doesn’t just allow them to serve on a jury—it encourages them to do so.

The Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act provides 40 hours of paid leave per year, frontloaded or accrued, for any purpose. That has some employers worried that the law is ripe for leave abuse. Written policies can help address these concerns.

A new Minnesota law, effective July 1, introduces heightened penalties for employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors.

New York has joined the growing number of states that have enacted clean slate legislation that will automatically seal certain criminal records. The new law will require employers to review any hiring processes related to an applicant's criminal history. The Clean Slate Act will take effect Nov. 16, 2024.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently vetoed a bill that would have banned noncompete agreements in the state.

Effective Oct. 1, Maryland will join a growing list of states in promoting wage transparency in the workplace.

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board approved heat illness prevention standards for indoor workers. However, state finance officials have objected to the rules due to their costs, so the implementation of the rules is in limbo.

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